Wilgers Oncology Centre at the Life Wilgers Hospital in Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria, is now able to treat double the number of patients following the installation of a second highly specialised Elekta Synergy Radiotherapy Linear Accelerator.
Before the installation earlier this month, the well-established centre treated up to 50 patients a day using a specialised Radiotherapy Linear Accelerator. The new addition allows the centre to offer a broader range of specialised cancer treatment, treat twice the number of patients per day, and ensures backup capacity for times when the equipment is being maintained.
“Besides the resident Alberts, Bouwer, Jordaan Inc. oncologists consulting in the centre, we also serve their satellite oncology clinics in Lichtenburg, Middelburg and Witbank, attracting patients from across the north and east of Pretoria, Mamelodi, Rayton, Bronkhorstspruit, Witbank, Middelburg and Bela-Bela,” said Page.
“With growing numbers of people being diagnosed with cancer, the oncology centre was reaching capacity in terms of how many patients could be treated per day. This meant operating the centre and its equipment for longer hours each day, with the potential for inconvenient early morning or evening treatment times for patients. It also impacted on scheduled maintenance of the equipment. With the new Elekta Synergy Radiotherapy Linear, the centre can treat more patients at times more convenient for them, and ensure that backup capacity is available during maintenance,” continued Page.
Page added that the new equipment also broadens the scope of treatments being offered at the centre. To date, the centre has focused on highly specialised Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) radiation therapy and Stereotactic radiotherapy (SRS and SRT) radiation therapy, and it will use the new equipment to deliver total body irradiation and total skin electron irradiation (TSEI) therapy.